According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, at least half of Americans suffer from periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as “gum disease.” Those who suffer from gum disease usually experience chronic inflammation, which weakens the gum tissue and bones supporting the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can be so severe as to make the gums pull away from the tooth – causing the teeth to eventually fall out. In this blog, we discuss the various treatment options that can help treat gum disease.
Change in Dental Hygiene
One of the first signs of gum disease is plaque formation along the gum line. A dentist will typically ask that you strengthen your dental routine and try to remove the plaque on a daily basis. Some lifestyle changes may be in order, especially if you are a smoker.
Sometimes cleaning your teeth requires a more intensive approach than simply using a tooth brush and dental floss. One method of treatment for gum disease is to undergo frequent deep cleanings at your dentist office – this will help remove calcified plaque or tartar that stick to the surface of your teeth.
In cases of severe periodontal disease, surgery may be required it the other treatment options fails to successfully restore your gums back to a healthy state. During the surgery, the dentist will repair and regenerate the soft and bony tissues of your gums. While a majority of these procedures will be done under a local anesthetic, you may be sedated depending on the type of procedure.
Ventura Dentist Mark Weitzman D.D.S. has more than 15 years in helping patients achieve brighter, healthier smiles. To schedule an appointment, call (805) 295-8896 today.